Western Springs is an affluent, near-western suburb of Chicago, located about 20 miles west of the city, entirely in Cook County. Clearly, this village of 13,000 residents has a small town look and feel. It is located along the Burlington-Northern/Santa Fe Railway, which is extremely popular with commuters who work in Chicago. The commuting time is under 30 minutes. A new train station was built in 2005. For those who drive into the city, both Interstate 55 and Interstate 290 offer the option of a convenient drive in to the loop (downtown Chicago). Both of Chicago’s airports, O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport, are within 25 minutes as well. This means that they’re close enough to be convenient, but far enough away so as not to be loud.
The public schools in Western Springs are extremely well-regarded. There are four elementary schools, one junior high school and one high school, Lyons Township High School.
Western Springs is divided into seven basic neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. Commonly, these are referred to as Old Town, Field Park, Old Town South, Ridge Acres, Forest Hills, Springdale and Ridgewood. Some offer in-town, walk-to convenience, while others offer estate-like lots with impressive street presence.
Like the other villages in this coveted area, Western Springs is well known for its teardown activity where less valuable homes are demolished to make way for new construction.
The downtown of Western Springs is quaint and appealing. Whether it’s the highly regarded Vie Restaurant or the local ice cream shop (Oberweis Dairy), it is a popular destination with all who live here.
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